Holiness Tabernacle Church of God in Christ (HTC) is located in Woodbridge, Virginia a suburb of Washington DC, in eastern Prince William County. HTC is a charted branch of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. The Church of God in Christ is a Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in which the word of God is preached, ordinances are administered and the doctrine of sanctification or holiness is emphasized, as being essential to the salvation of mankind.
I served under the pastorate of my father where I received the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal savior, and was later baptized in the Holy Ghost. Several years later I (along with my young family) relocated to Northern Virginia. We had served faithfully in a local church in Alexandria for ten years when the Lord impressed upon me to launch out and begin a work in my local community. As such, on February 22, 1998 the first services were held in the family room of our home. My devoted wife, three daughters and I worshipped the Lord fervently and the first message preached was entitled “Why Holiness”. The doors of the Church were opened and all of my family joined the Church becoming the charter members of HTC. Little did I know what God was about to do.
The following week we again assembled in our family room and magnified the Lord. The message from the Lord that day was “The Tabernacle”. While ministering, the Lord spoke to me to find a more suitable location for worship. Immediately after service I set out to do just as God had instructed. God gave us favor with Neabsco Elementary School where we began to worship the second Sunday in March of 1998.
Hearing the call of God to do more for His people, we began looking for another location that would allow the Body of Christ to gather more frequently and worship God more freely. In July of 2000, the Lord directed us to a retail development where we found a 1,600 square foot facility in rudimentary condition. The saints rolled up their sleeves and we renovated the building to make it presentable for worship. These renovations included constructing an administrative office, laying carpet, painting walls and repairing the ceiling; here we would gather for the next three years.
HTC is a Church that believes in praising and worshipping God. We emphasize teaching the Word of God, travailing prayer and fasting; we exemplify what is commonly referred to as a New Testament Church. The membership continues to share testimonies of healing (cancer, asthma, seizures, hypertension, demonic possession, depression, etc.) deliverance and prosperity. We continued to magnify the Lord and preached holiness until God again blessed us in October 2003 to relocate to an 1800 square foot facility and the Lord continued to prosper us.
In the fall of 1999, while worshipping at the elementary school, as a result of being obedient to our Jurisdictional Prelate, Bishop Ted Thomas, Sr. the Lord smiled on us via a local citizen of Prince William County. Mr. Thomas Marshall donated 3.2 acres of land to HTC; the property is located on Minnieville Road. In the summer of 2009, during the height of the recession, the Lord blessed HTC to purchase property at 1440 Old Bridge Road. Our first service in our new worship center was held on June 28, 2009. The worship center seats over 150 people, and includes classrooms, offices, admin room, and a multi-purpose room. To God be the glory for the great things He has done!!
We invite you to share with us as we worship the Lord in one of our many fellowship opportunities. The Lord has blessed HTC with various ministries: Sunday School, Prayer and Bible Band, Home and Foreign Mission, Sunshine Band, Purity Class, Youth Department, Women’s Fellowship, Men’s Fellowship, Choirs (Adult, Youth and Children), Back to School program, tutoring and mentoring programs for students are a brief list of activities at our Church.